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Please Continue to Advocate for Nursing Home Residents

During these difficult times, it remains vital for patients and their families to understand that nursing home residents still have the right to proper care. And providers should always be held accountable when that care goes badly wrong.

The “Safe to Work Act” was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. The Act is designed to provide an escape route for nursing homes if negligent care and harmful abuse harms or kills nursing home residents. This immunity would extend for five years and apply to all harm to nursing home residents.

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McLean County Nursing Homes Face New Wave of COVID Infections

Community spread of the coronavirus is the biggest threat to long-term care facilities. And now, news of a third wave of COVID-19 infections is again concerning communities with elder care facilities such as nursing homes, group homes, and skilled nursing communities. In McLean County, 9 of those facilities are experiencing cases on an upward trend, including three outbreaks, with the largest at a large assisted living facility in Bloomington. At the Bickford House, located at 14 Heartland Drive, there are 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two reported deaths.

Elder care facilities in McLean County that have had cases within the last 28 days include:

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“Levin & Perconti Does the Best Job with Nursing Home Cases Here in Chicago.” – McCready Law Firm

Many cases we handle at Levin & Perconti are referred to us by other attorneys who may not have the same resources, experience, and tools their clients and cases require. Because of this, we have a widely engaged network of referring lawyers nationwide, and every year we pay out millions in referral fees. A partner of ours, Michael McCready, who is a personal injury attorney at McCready Law Firm, recently let us know that he believes Levin & Perconti does the best job around.

“My clients and my firm have always been pleased with the level of representation and the results that they receive. Levin & Perconti does the best job with nursing home cases here in Chicago and throughout Illinois,” said McCready. “We highly recommend working with Levin & Perconti on these complex cases.”

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U.S. nursing home residents, totaling 1.2 million seniors and nonelderly people with disabilities living in over 15,000 facilities, are at increased risk of coronavirus infection and complications. The combined challenges of the facility setting and shared living environment, residents with underlying health conditions, the close contact that many care workers have with residents, and failures in facilities who do not provide quality care, all contribute to the high number of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in the elder communities.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as of August 7, 20202:

  • More than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 have been traced back to nursing home residents and staff, resulting in 4,162 deaths.

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Symphony of Lincoln Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 170 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 4, 2020, Symphony of Lincoln Park, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 170 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Symphony of Joliet releases COVID-19 statistics showing 132 COVID infections and 25 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 3, 2020, Symphony of Joliet, located in Joliet, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 132 infections and 25 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On April 22, 2020, NBC5 Chicago detailed the COVID-19 outbreaks occurring at Symphony of Joliet, providing that the facility’s maintenance supervisor contracted the virus and became a “hyper-spreader” of the virus because of the nature of his work throughout the facility. The article explains many of the subsequent outbreaks in the facility were linked to the supervisor. While precautions have now been taken to combat the transmission of the virus within the facility, much of the damage has already occurred as 81 residents had tested positive for the virus as of April 19.

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Niles Nursing and Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 158 COVID infections and 33 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 29, 2020, Niles Nursing and Rehab Center, located in Niles, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 158 infections and 33 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Illinois Nursing Homes Record 300 More COVID-19 Related Deaths Than Week Before

Illinois long-term care facilities recorded at least 306 more coronavirus deaths in the last week, according to data published by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday, June 5. A total of 3,053 COVID-19 deaths are now linked to nursing homes, assisted living communities, and skilled nursing facilities across the state.

Cook County Continues to See Strongest Spread of Coronavirus

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Discussion Questions for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. For the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with the debilitating memory and behavior illness – life is not easy. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, those with declining cognitive abilities impact an estimated 230,000 people in Illinois, which is expected to rise nearly 13 percent by 2025. Dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s, is one of the only top-10 causes of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed. While the issue is important every month, June is a special time to push greater education and raise support for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

  1. Is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s?

James Zbonski Was One of 15 To Die at Facility With Multiple Past Infection Control Issues

CHICAGO, June 3, 2020 – Representatives of James Zbonski filed suit today against the Bridgeview Health Care Center following the 84-year-old man’s tragic death from COVID-19.

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